Briefing: Taiwan compiles new blacklist banning slew of Chinese tech firms

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Taiwan preps China blacklist banning Huawei and ZTE – Nikkei Asian Review

What happened: Taiwan is preparing to bar government agencies and state-controlled companies from using equipment from Chinese tech companies on a new blacklist, which it plans to publish by the end of March. Companies including telecom equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE, surveillance camera makers Hikvision Digital Technology and Dahua Technology, and computer manufacturer Lenovo are likely to be put on the list.

Why it’s important: While Taiwan has blocked its wireless carriers and government agencies from using equipment from Huawei and ZTE since 2013, this is the first time the government has created a list targeting a wide range of Chinese tech companies that might pose security risks. Taiwan’s move against Huawei and other Chinese tech giants comes as countries like US, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK become increasingly wary of products from vendors in China. It also comes amid rising political tension between the self-ruled island and China.